About Us

Finding our own meaning and purpose

The M-A-P Team

Our journey together started in 2014 when we met at Liverpool John Moores University whilst studying an MSc in Sport Psychology. Little did we know that this would be the start of a close friendship, as well as a professional collaboration, which would span almost a decade.

Over the last nine years, we have both experienced personal and professional challenges, which have led to deep examination of our values and beliefs. Like most people, at times throughout our journey we have lost ourselves, or simply chosen to hide our true self, and experienced extended periods of inauthenticity. During these periods we have supported each other to explore who we are, what we stand for and how we fit into the world in a meaningful way.

Whilst supporting one another during these deeply challenging moments, we quickly came to realise that we share similar ways of viewing the world. This alignment between our values and beliefs provides us with an excellent foundation to understand ourselves, support each other and find meaning through supporting others.

M-A-P Performance is the product of personal growth and professional experience over the last nine years, providing us both with meaning and purpose in our own lives.

Dr Nick Wadsworth

Dr Nick Wadsworth is the co-founder and director of M-A-P Performance. He is a Chartered Sport and Performance Psychologist who specialises in supporting individuals and organisations to navigate transitions and change, in order to realise their potential.

Nick has over eight years experience working in an applied context with elite sporting organisations, including three Premier League football clubs, and has also supported Olympic athletes in a wide variety of sports in preparation for Tokyo 2021 and Paris 2024. Nick is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. His research primarily focuses on the exploration of stories, to understand, and facilitate development of, authentic identity to improve performance and enhance well-being. 

  • BSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • MSc Sport Psychology (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist 
  • Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Practitioner Psychologist 
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) approved supervisor
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Approved Supervisor
  • Accredited Spotlight Practitioner

Ben Paszkowec

Ben Paszkowec is the co-founder and director of M-A-P Performance. He is a Consultant Psychologist and has been working with individuals and teams in elite sport and business for over 8 years, including two Premier League football clubs. 

Through a combination of personal experience, as a young football player at a Premier League football club, and his academic training, Ben has developed a passion and specialism in helping people successfully navigate transitions and change at an individual, team and organisation level. Previously, Ben has been responsible for developing, innovating and delivering performance psychology programmes to corporate business partners and a global network of Olympic, Paralympic and professional athletes. Through this he has supported the transition of 100s of Elite level athletes into corporate business careers upon their sporting retirement. 

  • BSc Science and Football (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • MSc Sport Psychology (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Supervised Sport and Exercise Scientist Psychologist  
  • Saville Assessment Swift Occupational Ability Test User 
  • Saville Assessment Wave Occupational Personality Test User 

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